Local business owners are calling for action, following a spate of break-ins in Livingstone Shire.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has visited frustrated business owners in Yeppoon, after a series of break-ins at their shops.
Overnight on Thursday, four shops were targeted in the Cedar Park Shopping Village in Taranganba, as well as Two Sisters Coffee Bar in Cooee Bay.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry says she spoke with owners, managers and staff who are wanting more action to be taken.
“Every night these small business owners close their shop not knowing if they will be getting a call at two in the morning to let them know they’ve been broken into,” she says.
One of the businesses, Mick’s Meats Yeppoon, had to close while they cleaned the broken glass.
“Replacing glass, new locks, equipment, insurance excess increases. It all adds up. All costs that small businesses and families shouldn’t have to absorb,” Ms Landry says.
“I am calling on our State MPs for our region to step up and take this crime emergency to the Premier and call for immediate action.”
Michelle Landry has contacted the Police Commissioner’s office to request an immediate briefing on the crime crisis.